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Ending Violence Against Women, Girls Is Key To Advancing Progress Toward MDGs

Huffington Post: Addressing Violence Against Women and Children Is Critical to Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation and the Millennium Development Goals Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Deborah von Zinkernagel, Acting U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator “During this week’s 58th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of…

U.N. Women Works For Gender Equality

Huffington Post: Equality for Women Is Progress for All Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, U.N. Women “…I am taking the lessons I learned from our struggle to end apartheid and establish democracy in South Africa to advance equality for the world’s girls and women as the head…

Malawi President Joyce Banda Leads Campaign Against Sexual Violence

New York Times: Can One of Africa’s Most Powerful Women Stop Sexual Violence? Patrick Adams, freelance journalist “What hope is there for girls in Africa if, in the country led by one of the most powerful women on the continent, rape is repeated with ‘terrifying regularity’? That’s how UNICEF has…

Founder Of Maternal Health NGO In Africa Discusses Women’s Empowerment

Huffington Post: A Life-Saving Tip, From One Mother to Another Toyin Ojora-Saraki, founder-president of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa “… WBFA (The Wellbeing Foundation Africa) works through building advocacy/awareness, charitable funding, and community mobilization to empower mothers and families and provide them with the tools and life-skills they need to make…

Action Is Needed To Prevent The Spread Of TB

The Independent: The return of the plague: We need to act now to prevent tuberculosis from wreaking more havoc Jezza Neumann, filmmaker “…[T]uberculosis (TB) is already hovering in the background of people’s everyday lives. One in three people around the world is carrying the disease… I would love to see…

Nutrition Momentum In 2013 Must Translate To Measurable Impact In 2014

The Guardian: 2014: the year we defeat child hunger? Stuart Gillespie, senior research fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute and chief executive of the Transform Nutrition consortium “2013 was a golden year for nutrition, with ramped up political attention and massive financial pledges. But 2014 has to be…

Recent Current Events Could Signal Food Price Volatility

CNN: Are more food protests around the corner? Evan Fraser, Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security at the University of Guelph “This week’s headlines may have been dominated by the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger plane, but three seemingly unrelated stories that have developed over the past week…

‘Long Way To Go’ To Reach Universal Sanitation Access In Mali

Devex: Rebuilding taps and toilets in Mali Fatoumata Haidara, WaterAid country representative in Zambia “Just over a year ago, Mali was plunged into civil war as militants took over the north of the country and France staged a military intervention to push them back. … Before the war, the situation…

Flat Funding Of U.S. Science Research Likely To Continue

Nature: Don’t hide the decline President Barack Obama’s FY 2015 budget proposal “leaves the budgets of major scientific funders, such as the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the research efforts at the Department of Energy, essentially flat. … Meanwhile, the economic strain on…